First Gujarat Coral Atlas Released

The Gujarat Ecology commission in India has released the first "Coral Atlas", which includes details about the reefs on the state's coastline.
The atlas, a study report based on thematic maps of coral reefs on the coastline of the state in western India, also provides information about the habitat condition of each of these reefs.
SK Nanda, principal secretary, Forests and Environment, said the atlas will provide data that would come in handy when the department draws up the integrated coastal zone management plan for the state.
The atlas will also be of use to ground-level beneficiaries, stakeholders and natural resource managers.
It was prepared with technical assistance from the Bhashkaracharya Institute of Space Applications and Geo-Informatics.
The commission had earlier released a similar study on mangroves all along the coastline of Gujarat.